BOYKIN, Frank William

BOYKIN, Frank William
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
1885–1969

Biography

BOYKIN, Frank William, a Representative from Alabama; born in Bladon Springs, Choctaw County, Ala., February 21, 1885; attended the public schools; moved to Fairford, Ala., in 1890 and was employed as a clerk in a store and later as store manager; moved to Malcolm, Ala., in 1905 and engaged in the manufacture of railroad cross ties; moved to Mobile, Ala., in 1915 and was occupied with real estate, farming, livestock, timber, lumber, and naval stores in southern Alabama; during the First World War served as an official in shipbuilding companies; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fourth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of John McDuffie; reelected to the Seventy-fifth and to the twelve succeeding Congresses and served from July 30, 1935, to January 3, 1963; chairman, Committee on Patents (Seventy-eighth and Seventy-ninth Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1962 to the Eighty-eighth Congress; convicted in July 1963, on charges of conspiracy and conflict-of-interest by using his congressional influence to gain dismissal of mail fraud charges against J. Kenneth Edlin; served six months' probation, fined, and received full pardon from President Johnson in 1965; returned to his many business activities; died in Washington, D.C., March 12, 1969; interment in Pine Crest Cemetery, Mobile, Ala.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Alabama Department of Archives and History

Montgomery, AL
Papers: 1911-1972, 20 cubic feet. The papers of Frank W. Boykin contain correspondence, publications, printed materials, clippings, and photographs. The Boykin correspondence includes a number of correspondents and a variety of subjects. Correspondents include Lyndon B. Johnson, Madame Chiang Kai-Shek, George C. Wallace, and T. L. Soong. The subjects discussed include Alaskan and Alabama real estate, industrial and Tennessee River development, the lumber and oil industries, segregation, politics, and social activities. The photographs offer particularly valuable views of Frank Boykin with prominent individuals in Washington in the 1950s and 1960s. The 59 scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings pertaining to Frank Boykin's political career. A container list is available in the repository.
Papers: In the Alabama Governor (1947-1951: Folsom) Public Relations Files, 1947-1950, 15 cubic feet. Correspondents include Frank W. Boykin. A container list is available in the repository.
Papers: In the Alabama Governor (1935-1939: Graves) Administrative Files, 1935-1939, 44 cubic feet. Persons represented include Frank Boykin. A container list is available in the repository.
Papers: In the Alabama Governor (1935-1939: Graves) Public Relations Files, 1934-1939, 8 cubic feet. Correspondents include Frank Boykin. A container list is available in the repository.
Papers: In the Alabama Governor (1943-1947: Sparks) Administrative Files, 1942-1947, 49 cubic feet. Correspondents include Frank Boykin. A container list is available in the repository.
Papers: In the Alabama Governor (1943-1947: Sparks) Legislative Tracking Files, 1943-1945, 7.5 cubic feet. Correspondents include Frank W. Boykin. A container list is available in the repository.
Papers: In the Alabama Governor (1943-1947: Sparks) Public Relation Files, 1943-1947, 9 cubic feet. Correspondents include Frank W. Boykin. A container list is available in the repository.
Papers: In the Diplomas and Certificates Collection, 1801-1954, 13 cubic feet. Other authors include Frank Boykin.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Boykin, Edward. Everything's Made for Love in This Man's World: Vignettes from the Life of Frank W. Boykin. Mobile, Ala.: Privately printed, 1973.

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